God Grew Tired Of Us
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Three young men leave behind a land in chaos to find new lives in a thoroughly different culture in this documentary. As the African nation of Sudan fell into political disarray near the dawn of the 21st century, with unspeakable violence following in its wake, thousands of refugees attempted to flee the country, making their way into Kenya in hopes of earning passage elsewhere. Jon Bul Dau, Daniel Abu Pach, and Panther Bior were three such people who eventually came to the United States, and filmmaker Christopher Quinn spent four years following them on their journey in a new and unfamiliar… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too often with documentaries, we get only the tears. There is no second act or resolution. Christopher Quinn's God Grew Tired of Us gives us reason to hope about a human catastrophe."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"There's no way to not like [John] Dau. Or for that matter, God Grew Tired of Us."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Admittedly amusing fish-out-of-water moments are nothing compared to what the boys face as they try to adapt to a wildly foreign culture."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"A thought-provoking film likely to make moviegoers question their own paths in life even as it involves them in the lives of several of the 'Lost Boys' of Sudan..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It deflates upon arriving in the vast, familiar blandness we know as America."
‑ Michael Wade Simpson, culturevulture.net
"The film is not a pity party, it's a story of resilient people bearing up under conditions few of us could imagine."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Their journey isn't over -- many in Africa still desperately need help -- but the hope and opportunities America offers are a grand place to start."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"It's an uplifting last act, though not one that comes with solutions to an Africa that seems to cough up one genocide after another. Personal redemption and hope aren't a cure-all, but they do shine a light in the darkness."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"God Grew Tired of Us is a better film than Lost Boys of Sudan, focusing on details of the men's lives and shifting fluidly between three distinct "characters": John, Daniel and Panther."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Christopher Quinn and Tommy Walker made this fine and never simply pleading film, its moving subjects including tall, gentle, tireless, prayerful and humane John Bul Dau."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Not as good, nor as complex, as The Lost Boys, but that doesn't make the story of mass annihilation, sprawling refugee camps, the generosity of Americans, and the resilience of a handful of Sudanese survivors any less worthy of telling -- again."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Can there really be no footage of their uncertainty, anger at unfriendly Americans, even an embrace of bad habits?"
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"The Lost Boys' gratitude for simple things will humble those of us accustomed to comfort and opportunity. Their endurance, ambition, and compassion should inspire us."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The film's subjects display impressive adaptability, as well as a desire not to forget those they've left behind. The emotional high point is a miraculous reunion between one of the 'Lost Boys' and the mother he'd had no contact with for 17 years."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"In an age where xenophobia is rife, God Grew Tired of Us presents the opposite side of the coin."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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